Best Silver Pens for Lettering and Illustration. I tested a bunch of them so you don’t have to! And the winning silver pens are…
This is the third post in a “Battle of the Pens” series. If you missed my first posts in this series, you can check them out below:
A Note on Paper
I tested all the pens on both White Paper and Black Paper. Paper type, weight, brand, etc. all probably makes a bit of a difference, but (as with the other pen test posts) I feel really comfortable crowning winners that I think will be the same for nearly all similar paper types.
Let’s talk about the winners!
These are all the gold pens, markers, and brush pens I tested.
- Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Marker 0.8mm
- Pilot Juice Up 0.4
- Gelly Roll Metallic #553
- Uniball Signo 120 Metallic
- Uniball Signo 120 Sparkling Glitter
- Uniball Signo Broad 135
- UniPOSCA Extra Fine
- Sharpie Metallic
- Sakura Pen-Touch 0.7mm
- Zig Fudebiyori Metallic Brush Pen (I linked to the pack because one marker is the same cost as the whole pack! I reviewed this whole set in a past post you can read here.)
- Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen
For this Battle of Silver Pens post, I think it makes the most sense to talk about which pens work best on each color of paper.
Silver Pens on Black Paper
Photographing the results is different than seeing the results in person.
- Favorite Pen: The Uniball Signo Broad 135 popped the most on black paper.
- Favorite Marker: The Sakura Pen-Touch. Hands-down.
- Favorite Brush Pen: Zig Fude Metallic Brush Pen. The Zig Wink of Stella Brush didn’t really show up, other than some glittery specks.
Silver Pens on White Paper
Again, photo representation isn’t the best judge so I’ll type out my favorites since I can see them on the paper in person.
Really, all of the pens and markers I tested look great on the white paper! As with the golds on white, the shades of silver varied quite a bit so that part boils down to personal preference.
If you’re a pen-addict like me you wouldn’t regret having any of these in your collection, but here are a few of my favorites.
- Favorite Silver Pens: It was a tie between the Gelly Roll Metallic #553 and the Uniball Signo 120 Metallic. You can’t go wrong with either (or both).
- Favorite Silver Glitter Pen: Uniball Signo 120 Sparkling Glitter
- Favorite Silver Marker: Sakura Pen-Touch
- Favorite Silver Brush Pen (flexible solid tip): Zig Fude Metallic Brush Pen
- Favorite Silver Brush Pen (true brush tip): Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen
- The Sakura Pen-Touch in silver is just as awesome as it was in gold. It’s a bullet nib, so you’d need to do faux-calligraphy vs. brush calligraphy but the sheen on the metallic silver in this pen just plain ROCKS again!
- For art journaling work and details, I’d opt for the UniPOSCA Extra Fine.
- When permanence is important, I’d reach for the Sharpie Metallic.